[Python-Dev] Proposed: The Great Argument Clinic Conversion Derby

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Sun Jan 5 20:49:26 CET 2014

On 1/5/2014 11:21 AM, Larry Hastings wrote:
> Let me start with a summary of the current status of Argument Clinic.
> It's checked in, it seems to be working fine.  As of Friday I've checked
> in some reasonably complete documentation as a howto:
>     http://docs.python.org/3.4/howto/clinic.html
> At last, here in beta 2, Argument Clinic is ready for prime time.
> What about adoption?  That's where Argument Clinic has stalled.  By my
> estimate, there are about six hundred places that could be converted to
> work with Argument Clinic in CPython; as of this writing only a dozen or
> two have actually been converted.

Do you remember which? I suggest builtin classes and functions as 

> You see where I'm going with this.  I am now, reluctantly, proposing
> that once 3.4.0b2 ships (should be later today), we the Python core
> development community roll up our collective sleeves and attempt to
> convert all the builtins to work with Argument Clinic.

I will try to speed up my timetable for converting Idle calltips to 
using inspect.signature instead of the older functions. Does help 
(pydoc) already do so?

Terry Jan Reedy

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